Advance Governance and Engagement
Our decision makers are our members, each representing either social, environmental or economic interests. Everyone has a voice of equal importance and of equal decision-making power. This gives our members the chance to shape the future of FSC, and has led to continuous improvement in our certification scheme and governance of the organization.
Growth Makes us Stronger
As our membership grows, so does the strength of our democratic system. We were pleased to welcome 193 new members during 2017 and look forward to engaging with them in the coming years.
Ensuring Local Relevance
For our work to have an impact on the ground, we must consider the needs of our members at a regional level. To build on a series of regional meetings held towards the end of 2016, we held two regional meetings in 2017, and a global social chamber gathering too. The meetings were:
- FSC International 2nd Global Social Chamber Meeting in Indonesia (1-4 February).
- FSC International Africa Membership Regional Meeting in Gabon (24-25 April); and
- FSC International Europe Membership Regional Meeting in Finland (15-16 May).
Reviewing the Way we’re Governed
To meet the needs of a growing organization, our members called for a review of the way we’re governed. A governance review working group worked on a number of proposals for governance reform in preparation for the FSC General Assembly in 2017. Several motions were passed, including one that requested the continuation of a governance review focus in the coming years.
The efforts of the working group are supplemented by ongoing member engagement.
The Ins and Outs of Good Governance
Ben Cashore, Professor of Environmental Governance & Political Science at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, describes the impacts, benefits and challenges of the FSC governance structure
Motions passed in 2017
- Motion 06: Conduct of the organization shall be guided by the principles of good governance
- Motion 07: Addressing past conversion through restoration and conservation as a requirement for certification of plantations that have converted natural forest areas post 1994
- Motion 16: Harnessing audit data to improve assurance integrity, M&E, and the value proposition for FSC
- Motion 21: The climate motion
- Motion 34: Regional assessments of the impacts of the implementation of motion 65/2014
- Motion 40: New IGI to clarify that FPIC is to be achieved over time through a mutually agreed process
- Motion 46: FSC New Approaches Program as a high-level priority for advancing smallholder and community certification
- Motion 48: Fast-track non-timber forest products (NTFP) in the implementation plan 2017-2020
- Motion 56: Ensuring that the controlled wood system is functional and credible until a strategy is in place
- Motion 61: Certification assessment integrity and credibility
- Motion 62: Statutory motion to review and revise membership criteria for chamber allocation and development of a protocol
- Motion 63: Make sure that strategic decisions on the FSC network are directed and evaluated by FSC Board of Directors
- Motion 67: Establish an internal audit system
- Motion 69: Governance review phase II
- Motion 71: FSC supports Indigenous cultural landscapes
2017 General Assembly Pictures
Keeping All Members in the Loop
As an essential part of our governance model, our general assembly ranks as one of our most important events. Because of this, we dedicate much of our resources to keeping members – both present at the GA, and following from a distance – informed about what goes on there.